Game Night: CIF Playoffs- Finals

Diamond Bar gets Laguna Beach at home Saturday night in the CIF Division 9 Final.

All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:

Friday November 25


Downey (11-2) at Cypress (13-0)

Cypress is the favorite on Cal Preps. This isn’t Cal Preps. Aidan Chiles and the Vikings get it done.

Downey 35 Cypress 31

DIV 13

Bishop Montgomery (10-2-1) at San Gabriel (9-3)

Great run for San Gabriel. From a 27-25 loss to Bell Gardens on October 20th to a trip to the CIF Finals on November 25th. It ends here. Bishop Montgomery outscores the Mats for the win. Did you know that Bishop Montgomery head coach Ed Hodgkiss used to be the head coach of the old LA Avengers of the Arena Football League? He should feel right at home.

Bishop Montgomery 42 San Gabriel 35

Saturday November 26


Inglewood (13-0) at Sierra Canyon (9-4)

Inglewood is undefeated. The Sentinels have athletes all over the field. They beat Centennial 63-0, Adelanto 50-0, and Beverly Hills 49-0. They have speed to burn. But this is Sierra Canyon and the Trailblazers are a tough out. SC raises the plaque.

Sierra Canyon 38 Inglewood 35


St. Francis (10-3) at Etiwanda (8-5)

St. Francis is ready to break through. The Golden Knights racked up 52 points last week on Aquinas. The offense is cooking. Etiwanda hails from the tough Baseline League so they won’t go down easy but St. Francis comes out on top.

St. Francis 30 Etiwanda 27


Laguna Beach (10-3) at Diamond Bar (12-1)

Diamond Bar has won seven straight since a 40-27 loss to Baldwin Park back in September. The Brahmas shut down an explosive San Dimas team last week in the semi-finals and seems to be destined to win a title. Laguna Beach won the Pac 4 championship and is coming off a win over Norte Vista. It will be a battle but Diamond Bar isn’t about to let this opportunity get away. Brahmas bring it home.

Diamond Bar 24 Laguna Beach 21

DIV 10

Salesian (10-3) at Muir (7-6)

Muir has Salesian right where it wants them – at home. A CIF championship seemed like a pipe dream for the Mustangs after a 47-0 loss to Pasadena to close out the regular season. But Muir has been up to the task on both sides of the ball since the playoffs began. The Mustangs come out on top.

Muir 27 Salesian 21

Quick Hits

Friday November 25

D-3 Yorba Linda (13-0) at Upland (9-4) – Upland

D-11 Walnut (10-3) at Bellflower (11-2) – Walnut

D-14 Lynwood (9-4) at Whittier Christian (9-4) (Whittier College) – Whittier Christian

Saturday November 26

D-12 Valley Christian (6-7) at Lancaster (8-5) – Lancaster

15 Comments to "Game Night: CIF Playoffs- Finals"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    November 27, 2022 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    @ Lord help us: Rob Wigod is stepping down as CIF Southern Section commissioner, so this would be a good time to accomplish that and more. These are my proposals:
    1. Reduce the number of divisions.
    2. Set up the remaining divisions before next season and leave them that way for the next two or three years. Then, make changes regarding individual programs as needed, as was done previously.
    3. Get the private schools and other high-rollers into their own separate divisions.
    4. Do a far better job with the first-round playoff matchups.
    5. Give league champions or the teams with the best records the home-field advantage throughout the postseason. League titles and overall records should carry more weight at playoff time.
    6. Crack down on the rampant recruiting and poaching of players from other schools’ programs, at least when it comes to public schools.
    7. Take a close look at school districts’ open-enrollment programs, which I believe are being abused in some cases.

  2. Lord help us's Gravatar Lord help us
    November 25, 2022 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    D8 and above pathetic. Like watching peewee football. Teams with losing records. Participation trophy everyone’s a winner. Do better CIF cut the divisions down.

  3. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 25, 2022 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    San Gabriel 52 vs. Bishop Montgomery 27 Final Congratulations Division 13 Champions

  4. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 25, 2022 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

    San Gabriel 24 vs Bishop Montgomery 7 Halftime

  5. almont savant's Gravatar almont savant
    November 25, 2022 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    SG gunna win a fake championship lol lost to schurr big.. montebello and BG

  6. @ Pseudonym's Gravatar @ Pseudonym
    November 24, 2022 - 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Servite finished 1-9 this year. If you put them in a division crappier than 7, they’d win three playoff games just like Valley Christian, and be practicing on Thanksgiving. Get the idea?

  7. IF (sorry, Kipling)'s Gravatar IF (sorry, Kipling)
    November 24, 2022 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Would be if not for PV
    I would have won the lottery if I had only bought a ticket

  8. Pseudonym's Gravatar Pseudonym
    November 24, 2022 - 6:24 am | Permalink

    Krispy Kreme: It’s really not that difficult. YOU may not be able to see how 3-7 gets a team in a tournament, but ask yourself the more salient question: How does a 3-7 team make it all the way to the final, if they’re allegedly ‘undeserving’?

    You seem to conflate nature with aesthetic fairness. Here’s a participation trophy for your troubles

    FBFan, I enjoyed your list so much I decided to give my own takes. Thanks for the read.

    D-1: God, I hope not.

    D-2: Yes

    D-3: Definitely would be great to see Daryl Thomas get a ring.

    D-4: So that’s what happened to Western (who’s right down the road).

    D-5 The question here: Will St. Francis become the Denver Broncos or Buffalo Bills of high school football?

    D-6 Remember Esperanza, Foothill, Tustin, and Newport Harbor? Prepperidge Farms remembers!

    D-7: It’s a matter of personal perception, I suppose. Then again, I’m just not that into South OC or the Santa Clarita Valley. Coin toss.

    D-8: Nah.

    D-9: Again, personal preferences. I happen to think Westfield Plaza (West Covina) is heaven on earth. On another note: This game signifies what could be the beginning of a trend that eventually sees Casteneda at Los Altos by the end of the decade.

    D-10: No ‘dena love from me. Sleazy Caballos all the way!

    D-11: A tale of a Golden Generation for area vs. a Reserve team of the other. Coin flip.

    D-12: Valley Christian: Because all the “but we have a winning record [against JAA teams]” doughboys will be triggered.

    D-13. Again, a golden generation suiting up for all the marbles, except this time against a program that’s a shell of its former self. I might take soulless turtle here, but who knows.

    D-14: Whittier Christian: To avenge the killing of its older sibling by the likely culprit Title IX

  9. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    November 23, 2022 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    @ FBFan: For those who aren’t familiar with the local geography, San Gabriel High School is directly across the creek (er, Alhambra Wash) from the Almansor Park golf course. By the way, I’ve found a few golf balls on the blacktop at SGHS while subbing for P.E. teachers there.
    The good news is that the championship game will be played at night, and there aren’t any lights on the Almansor Park course.

  10. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    November 23, 2022 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    @ Krispy Kreme: Even now, when playoff berths are being handed out like pieces of Halloween candy, it’s really tough to get in when your team is 0-5 in league and 0-10 overall.

  11. Area's Gravatar Area
    November 23, 2022 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh goodness, la Serna has never been one to play the if card. Embarrassing

  12. ET's Gravatar ET
    November 23, 2022 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    Hahaha excuses

  13. Krispy Kreme's Gravatar Krispy Kreme
    November 23, 2022 - 6:49 am | Permalink

    My support goes to the over-achieving (and overweight) Lancaster group to blow the losing-record Valley Christian team out of the water. I still can’t fathom how 3-7 gets you into the tournament. But we’re living in a time when 5 of the 6 Almont programs get promoted, so the only question is whether or not Keppel will sue CIF for hurt feelings.

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 23, 2022 - 12:24 am | Permalink

    La Serna would be favored over Upland. And Yorba Linda would be a toss up.
    If we are 100% healthy we roll D-3

  15. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    November 22, 2022 - 11:41 pm | Permalink

    D-1: Mater Dei. 1 last ride for Rollo whether you like him or loathe him.

    D-2: Sierra Canyon because they beat Amat.

    D-3: Upland. Would be great to see Daryl Thomas get a ring.

    D-4: Cypress. They do some heavy duty OC recruiting.

    D-5 St. Francis. They’ve been here before now it’s time to finish the job.

    D-6 Orange: same as comment about Cypress

    D-7: Laguna Hills because, I don’t know because I assume they play good football where there’s beautiful women.

    D-8: Northwood. Lakewood has some bad losses on their resume.

    D-9: Laguna Beach. Diamond Bar has had a great season, but see comment about D-7

    D-10: Muir. Because it’s about darn time.

    D-11: Walnut. Bellflower coach too giddy about being mentioned for the Mater Dei job.

    D-12: Valley Christian. Because they’re fans are already mad enough on Twitter.

    D-13. San Gabriel. A few golf balls from The course will fall down to the field and hit Montgomery players.

    D-14: Whittier Christian. Because the Poets can’t even be allowed to be the last ones that play on their own field.

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